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Alicia Van Borssum

Alicia Van Borssum

Director of English as a New Language (ENL) Outreach & Project Coordinator - CELLS
Center for Professional Development & Education Reform
LeChase Hall 374
(585) 276-4779
avanborssum@warner.rochester.edu
 
Education:
EdD, University of Rochester (teaching and curriculum)
MS, The College at Brockport, State University of New York (education: TESOL)
BA, Austin College (french)
AMI, Centro Internazionale Maria Montessori, Perugia Italy (Casa dei Bambini 3-6)


Alicia Van Borssum is coordinator of Project CELLS: Western New York Collaboration for English Language Learner Success, a program funded by a National Professional Development grant. The project focuses on the improvement of services for English language learners (ELLs) in western New York through professional development for educators working with ELLs. In addition to her work on the grant, Van Borssum teaches EDE 476: Teaching ELLs in the Content Classroom and EDU 463: Implementing Innovation in TESOL and Foreign Languages at Warner.

Van Borssum has taught Montessori, French, and ESOL for 30 years in PreK-12 urban, rural, and suburban schools in the U.S. and abroad. While teaching in the Rochester area, she has shared her pedagogical practices with pre-service and in-service teachers. Van Borssum’s interest in literacy in developing countries encouraged her volunteer work with Ethiopia Reads, an NGO that establishes libraries in primary schools in Ethiopia. She did her doctoral research in Addis Ababa, where she observed the literacy practices of teachers and librarians. Read more about her work in Ethiopia here. In the News